Bundaberg schools rewarded for helping protect the Great Barrier Reef

Published: 10/03/2014

Three Bundaberg schools received a boost to help their students make positive environmental changes in their community and for the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) presented Kalkie State School with an Annual Award of $1000 recognising their actions as Reef Guardian champions.

Bundaberg West State School and Gooburrum State School each received a $500 Ripples of Change funding grant to support new environmental projects at their schools.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian schools acting program manager Carolyn Luder said the funding would help kick start building raised garden beds and composting and planting of native species to attract local wildlife.

“Reef Guardian School students are future custodians of the Great Barrier Reef and it’s important to encourage them to care for their local environment and promote real change in their communities,” she said.

Kalkie State School teachers Sharlene Peterson and Carolyn Caldwell are thrilled to receive their award.

“Our Reef Guardian student leaders and Committee are promoting reef education within our school and the wider community in a variety of innovative ways,” Ms Peterson said.

“This year Kalkie formed a Reef Guardian Committee to allow students to become involved in school decision-making regarding activities.

“Kalkie has been an active Reef Guardian since 2004 and continues to implement new initiatives to raise awareness about protecting the Reef.”

More than 300 schools and over 123,000 students take part in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program across Queensland.

Through this environmental education program each school undertakes a variety of activities aimed at improving the Reef’s health and resilience.


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